When Rip Kirby artist John Prentice and his wife decided to move to Mexico in the early 1960s, Prentice’s assitant, Al(den) McWilliams, who was also drawing the Twin Earths strip, decided to stay in the U.S.. Enter another great artist, one with a similar name: Al Williamson, who signed on with Prentice. The two men and their wives headed for Mexico City, where they remained for about a year and a half.
Cori Williamson, Al’s widow, kindly shared some of Al’s “roughs” from 1961 for Rip Kirby Volume Six, which is in stores next week. Below are two examples of Williamson’s original work on vellum and Prentice’s finished inks.